- Genre : Comedy,Drama
- Runtime : 2h 15m
- Cast : Varun Dhawan, Sara Ali Khan & Paresh Rawal
- Director : David Dhawan
- Producer : Deepshikha Deshmukh, Vashu Bhagnani & Jackky Bhagnani
- Language : Hindi
- Release Date : 25 Dec 2020
- Rating : U/A
Twelve years ago, on this very same Christmas day, the Hindi remake of a superhit Tamil film hit the screens and made history. Cinema consumption and valuation was never the same again. That movie was Aamir Khan’s Ghajini, a remake of the Tamil film of the same name. Although both versions of the film were directed by AR Murugadoss, the Hindi version, especially the climax that was co-written by Aamir himself, is widely considered to be the better film. Murugadoss was able to iron out the kinks in the original and deliver a more finished product in Hindi. So, it is but natural to expect that David Dhawan, who made the original Coolie No 1, again a remake of a Tamil film (Chinna Maapillai), way back in 1995, would have used the 25 years that passed to do the same with the 2020 reboot. However, as Paresh Rawal’s Jeffrey Rozario in Coolie No 1 (2020) would have said, “Heaven on the docks man, the banality in the writing is quite the shocks man.” The premise is the same. The names are almost the same. Heck, even the dialogues are the same. Coolie No 1 has not a single bone of originality that helps it stand apart from the original. Barring the sculpted physiques of the leads, a few kissing scenes, a location change or two, and a change of cast, there is not even an attempt at reinvention in this Coolie No 1. As Jeffrey Rozario would have said, “Heaven on the docks man, 25 years were you living under the rocks man?” To be fair, this Coolie No 1 does start off promisingly. An animation montage sequence shows the origins of Varun’s Raju Coolie and how one of the most famous cinematic coolies, the one with armband No 786 took care of him initially. But soon thereafter, this iota of originality is traded for a scene-by-scene remake of a film that wasn’t groundbreaking in the first place. The original was a perfect product of its times with a hero who knew how to sell illogical comic capers. It is not like this time around people would be looking for logic in a David Dhawan film. But, a reboot should at least be altered in tune with the times. You see, I have no qualms in believing two grown women, and their father are easily tricked into believing Raju Coolie and Kunwar Raj Pratap Singh (again, Varun) are two different people. I have no problem buying the premise. But, in the age of smartphones, social media, and with a visibly upmarket setting, a few gags could have come from these additions. As Jeffrey Rozario would have said, “Heaven on the docks man, where are the new jokes man?” Although the writing suffers from a heavy sense of deja vu, the performances manage to liven up the proceedings, albeit in spurts. Actors like Rawal, Javed Jaaferi, Johnny Lever, and Rajpal Yadav start off with the disadvantage of reenacting iconic comic sequences but do their best to add much-needed spunk. Unfortunately, the women in this film, Sara Ali Khan and Shikha Talsania, are offered very little to do. This might not be the best of years for Sara, who began strongly in 2019 with Kedarnath and Simbaa. In Coolie No 1, she is made to oscillate between two modes — a) turn up the chutzpah in refurbished song sequences, and b) put up a lips-pursed face of innocence irrespective of what is happening around her. In a year with some powerful writing of female characters, it is a shame that we have such unnecessary stereotypes and a few more tone-deaf gags that should have been left in the 20th century. As Jeffrey Rozario would have said, “Heaven on the docks man, women aren’t just there to prance around in short frocks, man.” It is safe to assume there is an entire generation who haven’t watched Govinda do what he does best — entertain with abandon — in the original Coolie No 1. Considering this is the second such remake attempted by the Dhawans after Judwaa, it is clear the elder Dhawan is reworking tried-and-tested formulas to cement his son's stardom. Varun does everything and more that his father made Salman, Akshay and Govinda do in his superhit films. He doesn’t bat an eyelid before doing a god-knows-why-it-exists train stunt that will soon be perfect fodder for memes. In fact, it is a disservice to the talent of Varun that he is often burdened with comparisons to superstars like Salman or Govinda. Perhaps he should say 'no' to his father at times. Coolie No 1 goes to show that stepping into the shoes of a unique superstar like Govinda might just not be Varun's cup of tea… yet. As Jeffrey Rozario would have said, “Heaven on the docks man, Govinda is an entertainer nonpareil, and thanks for coming
The title is enough to describe the movie in one word. Back in 90's there was a different Bollywood. There were typical recipe masala movies, which sole purpose was to provide, typical song filled, funny (in a way) with a little drama and action based movies, in other words a good time pass movies with no sense at all. But Bollywood has changed now, with movies coming with a subject, message and some serious acting. David Dhawan back in 90's was the typical paisa wasool type director / producer, but that formula is long gone. Varun Dhawan, a good actor, but still finding his name in the industry, going for such movie will not help with its cause. Judwa re-make perhaps an idea which should have remained till that only, making re-makes, word by word, scene by scene but with more horrible overacting could be a disaster and this is what this movie is all about. Sara Ali Khan, an item figure and nothing more, she has to learn a lot and do a serious film, otherwise, wont be here for too long. Shikha Talsania, wasted, completely wasted in the movie.
I personally feel they ruined the classic Govinda's flick for me. They should have gone with new story by keeping same characters. Dialogues were awful in this movie. Industry over dependent on Sajid and Farhad sandhi's dialogues not really working for them. They're turning out to be distarious writers.
Varun is cute but he shouldn't have tried this. As a remake I think this movie was flawed because varun in place of the legend Govind didn't work well. Sara should literally quit acting. She is pathetic, pretty though. Throughout the movie I was missing Govinda. Definitely not a movie for today's times. It was torture.
This story was best suited for the 90's and should have been left alone. Watching this movie automatically put me in the comparison mode with the original where Govinda, Karisma and all the other supporting cast were effortless and supreme in their acting skills. In this movie, all the seasoned and veterans have lowered their skills and just lost the plot. The leading cast are pure disappointment. The movie is far from entertaining and can aptly be called pure torture. Watch it if you have no expectations and plenty of time to kill.
Very weak movie. It's a bad ripoff of the original movie (1995 Govinda's coolie no 1) and Varun's overacting and Sarah's poor acting have killed the movie. Viewers are compelled to compare the movie to the original one and this one fails miserably. Even veterans like paresh Rawal and Javed Jaffri have done a sub standard job. The movie has tried to create a jazzed version of the original script but the story is exactly the same (with some extra punches that are again very badly written). Varun Dhawan must really look for meaningful movies if he wishes to have a bright Bollywood career Sarah Ali Khan may have a good career in the ramp or as a skincare model. She has made it apparent in this movie that Bollywood and acting are not for her.
After watching the iconic original film staring ace actors like Kader Khan, Govinda ,Karishma and many others. This new film is an exact copy of not even scenes but dialogues. Over the top acting and shows a rich backdrop even featuring coolie's home after they shift post marriage . David dhawan is taking the audience for the ride to make an extra buck on wasting people time and money.
I thought this movie will have elements of the old one and add some new angle to the storyline, but the entry of coolie no. 1, and unnecessary glorification, made me switch. sometimes I feel these people are done with their creativity and stuck in their glory days, which won't come back, they think these movies will still be a hit, yeah lets face it, the original was absurd but it was absurd with some acting which made it watchable. I cannot imagine Govinda-Kader Khan replaced, it is not possible.
The remake of coolie no 1 starring the duo of Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan released in 2020 is director by David Dhawan . The old coolie no 1 was released in 1995 with the Govinda in the lead role but the remake is based on the same story as it was in the original movie. But in the remake they just used some of the new VFX effects and tried to make it new but they made it worse. The movie got a worse 3.5 rating out of 10 on IMDb but according to me it's below 2.
Very disappointed to see that the ethics of the bollywood is only following the trails of money instead of quality movies. The remake of cookie no 1 is just an example of this. The worst acting of Varun Dhawan with Sara Ali Khan has shown us that some of the movie arent made for remake ,they are made just once . Salute to Govinda for making our 90s intresting . Don't watch it because it's not worth it.
Cut to 2020, the filmmaker presents the same wine in a new bottle. Varun Dhawan steps into Govinda's shoes while Sara Ali Khan reprises Karisma Kapoor. Despite a talented supporting cast including Paresh Rawal, Rajpal Yadav, Johnny Lever and Anil Dhawan, the film struggles to stand on its feet. Reason? The shoddy writing. Further, many dialogues from the film are lifted from the Govinda-Karisma Kapoor starrer. In short, David Dhawan's reboot simply means shifting the original story to sunnier locations and expensive hotels, and roping in new faces.
A Christian heroine who makes the sign of the cross in the middle of regular conversations, a Christian Dad who says “Oh maaaaan” more often than the definite article, a supporting character with a stutter, another with a debilitating lisp, a third who does a ‘South Indian’ impression with a sing-song accent, a ‘South Indian’ server at a dhaba who goes “Aiyyaiyyo” at the drop of a hat, a hero who does a kinnar imitation during a song and dance routine – the list of Stone Age stereotypes and politically incorrect clichés from pre-2000 Bollywood that Coolie No. 1 regurgitates could fill a page.
First things first, I am a huge fan of masala entertainers who has grown up on a staple of what 90s generation watched as kids. Govinda-Karisma Kapoor's Coolie No. 1 released in 1995. 15 years later, keeping aside the changing cinematic sensibilities, the comic caper still manages to tickle my funny bone. Be it late Kader Khan's Hoshiyaar Chand or Shakti Kapoor's Govardhan Mama, David Dhawan's supporting characters packed a punch.
The best part about coolie no.1 is that it released in a year like 2020 a year in which all of us wanted a light hearted entertainment - totally loved it . David sir magic gets never old and coolie no1 is the best example of this. Varun Dhawan was the jaan of the movie and junior Dhawan proved...
Firstly , Coming to the story it was a remake of 1995 Govinda Starrer , also called as Coolie No 1. When you see varu dhawan , who has channeled Govinda in many of his films much better , mouthing almost same lines , there's no laughter but despair ! After watching the first 30 mins of the movie , i can't even continue it and i just played old movie and then i feel somewhat comfortable . Sara has to choose another field and that would be better than this. And the scene involving a child and train is trolled so badly in social media platforms as the way it deserves !
I am fan of David Dhawan-Govinda movies...but this movie is an insult to his talent and name... First of all Sara Ali Khan should find some other career option, she can't act. Secondly, Varun shouldn't be considered a second Govinda...Govinda is a legend. We don't want a second Govinda. Third but not the least, talents like Paresh Rawal, Jawed Jaffery and Rajpal Yadav were misused... Pls don't spoil the fun of 90s classics, by making such nuisance movies. I didn't have less than 1 star to give...so 1.
Again that old story takes a new turn. This film is a remake of 1995's Coolie No. 1 starring the famous actor Govinda. The only regret is that no matter who Varun Dhawan is in this movie, Govinda's previous performance cannot be forgotten. If the story is told, then everything is done. The story of the rich and the poor is nothing new. The story of becoming rich by marrying his daughter after being humiliated by a rich man. Director : David Dhawan Language : Hindi Duration : 2 hours 15 minutes Genre : Drama, comedy Cast : Varun Dhawan, Sara Ali Khan, Paresh Rawal and many more Rating : U/A My verdict : 1. Direction : 2/5 2. Storyline : 3.8/5 3. Soundtrack : 2.8/5 4. Visuals : 2.8/5 5. Acting : 3/5
Varun Dhawan’s Coolie No 1 frankly doesn’t match up to what Govinda gave us in the 1995 version because it is almost impossible to fill into the latter’s shoes when it comes to his comic timing. If you loved Govinda’s Coolie No 1, this one will definitely not appeal to you because there’s not much happening here that you did not already witness earlier. We’re going with 3 stars out of 5 for Coolie No 1.
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